Shackled pregnant woman falls during advice-of-rights hearing


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ST. THOMAS - A pregnant woman who was facing domestic violence charges fell during her advice-of-rights hearing in V.I. Superior Court on Friday and was taken to the hospital.

Keneisha Daniel, 21, is six months pregnant, according to Superior Court marshals who were at the scene.

Daniel still was wearing shackles around her ankles and wrists when she seemingly lost her balance while walking to the defense stand.

She was released from Schneider Hospital the same day, according to Cherie Henry, the clinical care coordinator on staff Friday. Hospital staff could not comment on the condition of Daniel's baby.

Upon release from the hospital, Bureau of Corrections officers said that Daniel was released from the bureau's custody after a court order.

Daniel was scheduled to be advised of her rights before Superior Court Magistrate Henry Carr III during the morning on charges of simple assault and battery, disturbance of the peace, destruction of property and trespassing.

However, Daniel never made it to the stand, as she lost her balance and then lay on the ground after she fell, screaming in pain and crying.

One of the courtroom staff members dialed 911 for an ambulance while the remaining people in the court left the room.

The marshals tried moving Daniel, but she screamed in pain, with one of the marshals noting that she had been experiencing back pain.

Daniel continued crying as she was transported out of the court room on a stretcher.

V.I. Police arrested Daniel on Thursday.

According to a probable cause fact sheet filled out by the arresting officer, Daniel had gone to a man's place of work and asked for money. He gave her five dollars, though they began to argue, according to the man's statement to police.

Daniel, who had driven to the man's workplace, had the money, and when he tried to grab the money back during the argument, she rolled her car window up, trapping his hand, police said.

When the man pulled his hand back, it broke the window, and she then threw a rock at his car, breaking one of the windows, police said. The man left and went home, and she followed him, and police were called to the scene.

It is not known whether the man is the father of Daniel's baby.

Daniel's advice-of-rights hearing has been continued to her arraignment date, Jan. 16, which also will be at the Superior Court.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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